Posted November 12, 2018 05:00:24Many posthumously honored people are known for their work with the public, whether it’s through writing a memoir or appearing on TV.
A couple of the country’s most famous posthumetic obituants have gone beyond just their roles in the past.
Here are five of the most notable.
The late actor and poet Henry David Thoreau died at his home in Oregon, and his wife, Helen, buried him in a shallow grave in his native Walden Pond.
Thoreaux’s remains were then buried in a pond at the foot of a cliff overlooking the ocean.
The couple had a daughter named Hannah and a son named Thoreus, and Thoreaus was known for his passion for writing.
Thoreau’s obituary, published in the Boston Globe in October, was titled “A New Era in Letters.”
In it, Thoreauer wrote that he had written a poem, “A Long Day’s Journey to a New Land,” about the Great Depression and the Civil War.
The poem was published in 1856 and became a classic of the poem, and later Thoreaules death was covered by the National Folklife Center’s “Thoreaus Poems” series.
The actor and filmmaker David Bowie died on October 31 at age 78.
He was known as a prolific performer and actor, as well as a composer, and a producer of albums and television shows.
Bowie was known in the 1960s for his films “Inland Empire” and “Starman.”
In the 1970s, he wrote a song called “The Great Gig in the Sky,” about his love of music, that became a hit single in the 1980s.
Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role in the Star Wars prequel series “The Last Jedi,” died on February 25 at age 77.
Fisher was the only surviving Star Wars: Episode VII actress to have appeared in both the original film and the next one.
Her death was a tragedy that touched the hearts of so many people and touched a global audience.
The poet and musician Richard Wright died on April 26 at age 79.
He wrote poetry, songs and other music.
He won numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.
The author and producer Michael Jackson died on September 6 at age 84.
Jackson was the singer and musician known for popular songs like “Beat It” and the Grammy-winning “Thriller.”
He was also known for writing, directing and producing movies and television programs.
This post was written by Emily C. Clements, senior editor at the New York Times.
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